Retirement homes face questions of CPR policies

Retirement home administrators are being forced to answer questions about CPR policies after a California retirement home refused to perform CPR on a dying elderly woman.

After a California retirement home made headlines for one of it's nurses refusal to perform CPR on a elderly woman, other retirement homes are being forced to answer the question, "what is the policy here?"

Culver Meadows Senior Living, a 33-bed facility in Traverse City, requires all of their workers to be trained in CPR, however they are not required to perform it if a situation arises. Workers are, however, required to contact emergency authorities right away.

Traverse Manor,

a 20-bed facility in Traverse City, says there is a

state rule

that says if you have more than 13 people at the facility, it must have two staff members with CPR training on duty.

During the hours of sleep, however, there only has to be one trained CPR employee on duty, the manager Larry Podsaid says. The state rules, which both Culver Meadows and Traverse Manor say they follow, only apply to those homes that are licensed as adult foster care facilities.

Podsaid says, "There's nothing in the rule regulations that say you have to perform that CPR, but it's definitely assumed there is a good samaritan act, there is that knowledge that if someone under your care needs that type of service, you definitely are going to provide that service that they're asking for. "

In the case of Glenwood Gardens, the California retirement home, executive director Jeffrey Toomer says the protocol is to immediately alert emergency medical personnel and to wait with the patient until personnel arrives.

Toomer also told KGET-TV that residents of the home are informed of, and agree to, the policy when they move in.